Well, it’s not quite abandoned. Lifeline Data Centers has owned Eastgate for two years and has been delivering data center services for fifteen months. We’re proud to host the Emergency Operations Center for the city of Indianapolis.
The newly formed City of Indianapolis Homeland Security Department will be moving to the eastside.
The city’s Homeland Security Chief, Gary Coons, says his department and the Emergency Operations Center will move into the old Eastgate Mall.
The center will include Swat vehicles, bomb squad, and all command trucks will deploy from the former mall.
All camera operators and new real-time crime tracking equipment will also occupy the building. Coons says the new center also includes the home of the operations for Super Bowl 2012 and other large events.
Coons says the building provides the best location from which to deploy, and also hopes the move will help re-develop the area.
He says grants and federal dollars will help with the costs but the total bill is not known. Coons says he hopes to have all the operations moved in, and online by the first of the year.
Original WIBC.com story by Reed Parker